North Sudan and Egypt: Lands of the Nubian Pharaohs
October 30 – November 12, 2019
Optional extension November 10 – November 15, 2019
Led by Mr. Ahmed Abu El Ella
Price for extension: To be advised
Single Room Supplement: To be advised
In Sudan, a country that boasts more pyramids than Egypt, intrepid travelers can discover the enduring traces of ancient and powerful Nubian kingdoms, traverse striking desert landscapes and follow along the trade routes that once brought ebony, ivory, incense and gold. Begin in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, positioned at the nexus of the life-sustaining White and Blue Niles before heading to Meroe, marked by hundreds of magnificent Kushite pyramid. The Nubians were warriors and empire builders and they left superb carvings adorning their structures. From Karima, explore the Jebel Barkal, home to the god Amun whose temple, with its imperious granite rams, became the center of the Kushite kingdom. At the necropolis of El-Kurru, the tombs of the black Abyssinian kings who once ruled over Egypt, are tunneled deep into the rock. Further north, Sebu features more than 1,600 rock drawings depicting daily life in different eras of Nubian civilization. Pass by villages on the banks of the Nile-small, green oases brimming with life-to reach Soleb, home to Sudan’s most beautiful temple where massive columns are carved as stylized palms. Cross the Egyptian border and visit Abu Simbel, where four, colossi of Ramses II have been cut into the cliff face. Finish with a cruise on the Egyptian Nile or return to Cairo to visit the new Grand Egyptian Museum that rises up on the Giza plains, in sight of the pyramids that inspired it.
Day 1: Wednesday. Depart US.
Day 2: Thursday. Khartoum. Corinthia Hotel.
Day 3: Friday. Khartoum.
Day 4: Saturday. Khartoum.
Day 5: Sunday. Meroe. Meroe Camp.
Day 6: Monday. Meroe.
Day 7: Tuesday. Karima. Nubian Rest House.
Day 8: Wednesday. Karima.
Day 9: Thursday. Tombos. Preset Camp.
Day 10: Friday. Tombos.
Day 11: Saturday. Abu Simbel. Seti Abu Simbel Lake Resort.
Day 12: Sunday. Cairo. Mena House Hotel.
Day 13: Monday. Cairo.
Day 14: Tuesday. Return from Cairo.
Day 12: Sunday. Nile Cruise.
Day 13: Monday. Nile Cruise.
Day 14: Tuesday. Nile Cruise.
Day 15: Wednesday. Cairo. Mena House Hotel
Day 16: Thursday. Cairo.
Day 17: Friday. Return from Cairo.